Bullsport Guest Farm
Accommodation near the Naukluft Mountains in Namibia
Bullsport Guest Farm offers a laid-back atmosphere not far from the Naukluft Mountains. Horse-riders and hikers always enjoy a couple nights here on what is a real Namibian farm. The welcoming owners pride themselves on a down-to-earth and friendly approach. Bullsport also offers value-for-money accommodation compared to other lodges nearer the dunes at Sossusvlei. As it is some 50kms from the well-known village of Solitaire, self-drivers often opt to break their journey here en-route to the stunning dunes at Sossusvlei.
Bullsport is one of the oldest farms in Namibia and is rich in history, wildlife, fauna and bird life. They have their own game, cattle and sheep and also breed Namibian horses, one of only a few registered studs in the country.
The Naukluft Mountains are a massif (a connected group of mountains) in central Namibia, forming the easternmost part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. They are known for their wildlife, including mountain zebras and leopards. The mountains have many small streams and waterfalls, while the Never Ending Hills lie to their east.
The restaurant and bar at Bullsport Guest Farm are set in the original farm building, Wi-Fi connection and a note book available at reception. Relax and refresh in the sparkling pool set in a large garden. All meals are from the farm's set menus served around the communal table.
Bullsport Guest Farm offers Standard and Luxury Rooms:
- Standard Rooms: Spacious double rooms with an en-suite shower, single basin & toilet and a tea/coffee station.
- Luxury Rooms: Larger rooms (50m²) with solar-powered under floor heating/cooling and fly screens on all doors and windows, tea/coffee station, Wi-Fi connection, private patio. The bathroom has a shower but a separate toilet. Room for an additional bed.
Guests frequently comment on the warm welcome and excellent food from their English-speaking German hosts Johanna and Ernst. Communal dining, with the opportunity to discuss a wide range of Namibian topics including history, farming and conservation, education, politics with the family over and after dinner, has proved to be a big hit with visitors. Afternoon cake is served at the large family table and this is followed by the afternoon game and nature drive.
Bullsport has a number of short horse-riding trails, but the more experienced riders can arrange two-day trails into the mountains.
Hiking is the main activity at Bullsport Guest Farm. There are 15 marked and maintained hiking routes, in and around the farm or into the nearby Naukluft Mountains, including the famous Quiver Tree Gorge walk Hiking trails include just a 'stroll' or can be up to 6/7hours for the more energetic. Klipspringer, rock dassies and baboons can be viewed en-route.
Some of the money paid for accommodation goes back into a community trust. It has been set up to provide members of the local community with guide training programmes. So far, 8 members of the local community have been trained to a 'level 1' tour guide standard.
It is possible to spend a day visiting the dunes at Sossusvlei from Bullsport, but most travellers prefer to spend a night closer to the dunes, and use Bullsport for its hiking or riding.
Children of all ages are most welcome at Bullsport Guest Farm.
- Experience the Naukluft Mountains by choosing one of the many horseback trail options at the BüllsPort Guest Farm. The horses are calm and easy to ride, and all of them have been schooled in basic dressage and show jumping. As the horses graze in the same areas where the game is living you can come face-to-face with zebra, kudu and other antelope, for whom the horses are a familiar sight. You will be accompanied by an experienced rider-guide with sound knowledge of the area on all horseback trail. Proper headgear should be worn to meet BüllsPort’s high safety standards. One- to three-hour or day rides are on offer. As well as tailor made overnight out-rides to suit your itinerary. Riding lessons for children & beginners are available.
- Riding Lessons
- a 20m x 60m dressage arena is available and for the beginners first lessons in the lounging circle can be arranged. All horse trails are undertaken with a guide. The horses are calm and easy to ride. All of them are schooled in basic dressage riding and jumping. At Büllsport Hanoverians and Trakehner horses are bred as well as the hardy "Boerponies". Hard hats, gloves and chaps are available
- Sossusvlei Excursion
- This full-day guided excursion to the popular dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert is always on offer; Visit to Sesriem Canyon included; Picnic Lunch, park entrance fees & cool drinks included; Max 4 Pax per vehicle . Starting time after breakfast or around 10h30 in summer - returning after sunset around 19h30 to enjoy the quiet afternoon atmosphere, i.e. less people, less cars.
- Scenic Farm & Game drive at BüllsPort
- Have you ever wondered how livestock and game can co-exist on one farm? Experience the vastness of desert farm land, plenty of game and get an insight in grazing management on this very interesting drive with a duration of around 2 hours
- Guided Hikes
- Quiver Tree Gorge Trail - 6 hours
A must for the first time visitor to the Naukluft. Hikers are taken up to the plateau (breathtaking views) in a 4x4 vehicle (max 2 hours drive - where you get close to Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Kudu and Klipspringer). The hike leads from the top through the biggest fountain gorge in the Naukluft. Impressive quiver trees are found all along the gorge and one has the opportunity to cool off in large rock pools along the way. Along the way Moringa Trees and Wild Fig Trees are also found in the gorge, as is a variety of bird life due to the many rock pools. The hike itself takes about 3 hrs. Hikers are picked up at a marked pick-up point. Apart from one or two slightly steep ascends, the trail is classified as ‘medium difficult’.
- Bogenfels Rock Arch Tour - 3 hours
An adventurous 4X4 drive up the mountain for around 1 hour allows you to often see Klipspringer and Black Eagle and spectacular views. The geology and the flora are amazing with different euphoria’s and aloes scattered among the rocks. At the top is a short walk to the edge of the gorge, offering a breathtaking view of the gorge and the amazing Rock Arch formation, which is considered the ‘mascot’ of BüllsPort. Marvel at how nature was able to sculpt this geological wonder and listen to the birds and rock hyrax. Sure footed hikers can take the zebra trail down to see the Arch close up (some climbing & heights - approx. 1 hour). Return to the car for another exciting drive back to the Bullsport Farmhouse. The trail could be classified as ‘’medium difficult’ (not suited for persons with a fear of heights)
- Quiver Tree Gorge Trail - 6 hours
- Unguided Hiking
- Bullshead Trail - about 3 hours
This self guided hiking trail starts at the farmhouse and follows the dry river bed of the Tsondap where many different Acacia trees form a linear forest. At the foot of the Bulls Head Mountain one finds the ruin of the first farmer, Hans Kisker, who lived here some 90 years ago. From here one has the option to climb up to a bush-men cave, which is difficult but rewarding for the fantastic vista one finds on top. The cave is deep and scary. Alternatively, coming all the way around the Bulls Head, some 300m behind a herdsman's hut, one will find a small dam which is a very good spot for birding and seeing baboons. The trail is easy (apart from the climb to the bushman cave) and accessible for everyone.
- Ridge Walk - 1,5 hours
Stretch your legs after a long drive and get an overview of the Bullsport Guest Farm setting. From the hill you have open plains on your one side, and mountains on the other. The walk has a slight elevation and is set at the base of the Naukluft Mountains. Kudus and Baboons are often seen, as well as common birds, such as the Mountain Chat and Pale Winged Starling, who usually perch in the branches of the smelly Shepard's Tree prominent due its unusual white bark. The terrain is easy walking with a few rocky patches, but 50% of the hike follows a car track.
- Zebra Trail - 4 - 5 hours
This is an extension of the "Ridge Walk" taking you closer to the foot of the mountain where you have good chances of spotting Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. A variety of birdlife can be seen as the trail leads passed a drinking place for the game, under a large Acacia Karoo. Kudu, Baboon, Egyptian Geese and Plovers are sometimes seen in this area. The terrain is similar to the "Ridge Walk", with medium difficulty due to some rocky patches and it is a fairly long (self-guided) walking trail.
- Kudu Trail - 1,5 hours
This circular trail starting from Bullsport Lodge is another ‘leg stretcher’ after a long drive. It is heartily recommended for bird watchers. The trail winds itself in the vicinity of the Tsondab River where birds, such as Goshawks, Hammerkop, Hoopoe and Plovers can be spotted amongst the various Acacias. Nevertheless, other animals such Kudu, Springbok and baboon are often seen, too.
- Bullshead Trail - about 3 hours
The settlement of Bullsport is marked on nearly every map, however it consists of little more than this friendly guest farm. The owners are welcoming and eager to share their Namibian experiences. Great for hiking and horse riding.
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